The use of all forms of asbestos were banned in 1999. However, many buildings, and some plant and equipment, still contain asbestos-containing materials (ACMs).
Before you start any work in a building that might contain asbestos (e.g. built or refurbished before the year 2000), you need to do the following:
Identify whether asbestos is present
Determine its type and condition
Carry out a risk assessment
Decide if the work needs to be carried out by a non-licensed or licensed contractor
Decide if the work needs to be notified
Ensure those carrying out the work are suitably trained
WORKING WITH ASBESTOS
Every employer must make sure that anyone who is liable to disturb asbestos during their normal work, or who supervises those employees, gets the correct level of information, instruction and training so that they can work safely and competently without risk to themselves or others.
What type of information, instruction and training is necessary?
Workers and supervisors must be able to recognise asbestos-containing materials (ACMs) and know what to do if they come across them in order to protect themselves and others.
There are three main levels of information, instruction and training. These relate to:
Non-licensable work with asbestos including NNLW
Licensable work with asbestos.